New map shows state's cost obsessions

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New Map Shows States' 'Cost Obsessions'


A fascinating map shows the most searched for cost for a product or service by state.

It was created by local business listing service Fixr.com by Googling "how much does an a * cost" in a certain location -- either the state or a major city -- and letting the autocomplete feature fill in the blank.

Some of the states reflect their image stereotypes such as people in California looking for facelifts and Colorado for weed.

There are also some more unusual searches including a minor in Bismarck, North Dakota, a cord of wood in Montpelier, Vermont, and a succession in Louisiana.

Plastic surgery is a common theme across the country, with breast-related costs being top searches in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Indiana, and nose jobs, liposuction, and Botox popular in North Carolina, Idaho, and Iowa, respectively.

People in New York were checking to see how much a pound of weed costs, while Texans had a more responsible search with the cost of a nanny. To see what your state wanted to know the cost of the most check out Fixr.com's map here.

The cost of licenses and violations is also a big question for people, with passports, liquor licenses, and DUIs appearing on multiple states each.

Google's Autocomplete predictions are based on an algorithm reflecting, among other factors, the number of times users have searched for a term in the past.

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